Colin Allred is a rising star in the Democratic Party and a candidate for the United States Senate. He is running against incumbent Republican Senator Ted Cruz in the 2024 election.
Born and raised in North Texas, Allred was a standout football player and student at Hillcrest High School. He went on to earn a football scholarship to Baylor University, where he was a member of the team that won the Big 12 championship in 2005. After college, Allred spent his early career as an NFL linebacker. He later pursued a law degree at the University of California, Berkeley, and then worked as a civil rights attorney.
Allred has represented Dallas and its North Eastern suburbs since first taking office in the 2018 blue wave, after he unseated the arch-conservative and 20-year incumbent Representative Pete Sessions.
In Congress, he’s focused on major Democratic priorities including lowering drug prices and implementing paid family leave.
Allred serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. He also holds a seat on the Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa and International Terrorism.
Rep. Allred was a signer of a June 2021 letter calling on the US government to lift the Trump administration’s hold on Palestinian aid. In 2020, he signed a letter urging both the US and Iran to take steps towards reentering President Obama's Iran deal, which verifiably blocked Iran's path to nuclear weapons.